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Northwest WI Tackles Meth

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 at 9:34 am

(Article from WI Sen. Sheila Harsdorf)

Photo:  Senator Sheila Harsdorf, St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore, and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen hosted a summit on meth abuse in Balsam Lake October 2

Photo: Senator Sheila Harsdorf, St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson, Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore, and Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen hosted a summit on meth abuse in Balsam Lake October 2

A summit on the challenges and successes in the fight against meth in northwest Wisconsin drew nearly 40 law enforcement leaders, local officials, and community activists from around the region October 2. The summit, hosted by State Senator Sheila Harsdorf, St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson, and Polk County Sheriff Tim Moore, featured guest presenter Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen.

“Today’s summit highlighted that while we have made progress in shutting down meth labs, we must be vigilant and collaborative in our continued efforts to fight meth use,” said Harsdorf, lead Senate author of the Crackdown on Meth Act. “Enforcement, treatment, and education must partner to combat meth abuse – as it destroys families, escalates property crime, and raises costs to taxpayers.”

Attorney General Van Hollen applauded the dramatic reductions in meth labs in the seven-county region after the passage of the Crackdown on Meth Act. Lab cases dwindled from 372 in 2005 to 161 in 2007, a drop of over 60% since enactment.

Discussions about future actions focused around protecting children, lowering recidivism through use of local tools such as drug courts, and ensuring resources are available to deal with treatments and correction issues. Officials from Barron, Burnett, Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, Polk, and St. Croix Counties attended.

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